Theology Department

Theology strives to understand and interpret the Christian faith and to bring it to life in language and symbols.

It is an academic discipline always in dialogue with other disciplines and the human experience, because Lasallian Catholic Christianity holds that faith and reason, properly understood, work in harmony toward a greater understanding of God.

Theology at Saint Mary's

As an institution grounded in the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s is focused on instilling in students a world vision rooted in the Lasallian Catholic intellectual tradition. The Theology Department at Saint Mary's helps in this process of discovery by conveying to students an understanding and appreciation for this heritage and the Lasallian Catholic faith, empowering them to ethical lives of service.

Faith Traditions

Undergraduate students interact with the Theology Department through the Lasallian Core Traditions Program. All students are required to complete two courses in the Faith Traditions Content Area, one in Faith Traditions I and one in Faith Traditions II (students in the Lasallian Honors Program are required to complete one Faith Traditions I course). These classes touch on such areas as introductory knowledge of the Bible, distinctive elements of the Roman Catholic tradition, understanding the relationship between faiths, beliefs, moral and ethical behavior, and religious practice. Students also gain an awareness and appreciation for how personal faith interconnects with life in contemporary society.

Programs Offered

In addition to basic studies, the department offers both a theology major and minor. A major may prepare students for graduate study or to teach religion at a Catholic high school. A minor complements any major in the liberal arts and also helps further enrich the person’s relationship with God. In addition, a major is offered in pastoral and youth ministry.

Goals for a Theology Major

Courses offered in the theology department assist all students in attaining:

  • An introductory knowledge of the Bible and an understanding of it as a primary source of God’s revelation
  • Recognition of the distinctive elements of the Roman Catholic tradition, and an understanding of the relationship between faiths, beliefs, moral and ethical behavior, and religious practice
  • Foundational comprehension and acquisition of skills, attitudes, and intellectual capacities involved in the engagement of faith and life
  • An appreciative understanding of the relationship between theological study and its critical engagement with contemporary society

Faculty

Susan Windley-Daoust, Ph.D.

Theology - Associate Professor, Theology - Department Chair

Saint Mary's Hall, SM223D

Campus Box: #1450

(507) 457-1995

swindley@smumn.edu

Susan Windley-Daoust, Ph.D., is a tenured Assistant Professor of Theology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Susan Windley-Daoust Ph.D.
Rose Beal, Ph.D.

Theology - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM223A

Campus Box: #1469

(507) 457-1424

rbeal@smumn.edu

Rose Beal Ph.D.
Robert Horihan, Ph.L.

Theology / Lasallian Core Traditions - Adjunct Lecturer

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sem, IHMS

Campus Box: # 43

(507) 205-9217

rhorihan@smumn.edu

Robert Horihan Ph.L.
Peter Killeen, FSC, Ph.D.

Interdisciplinary Studies - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM405

Campus Box: # 24

(507) 457-1434

pkilleen@smumn.edu

Peter Killeen Ph.D.
John Quinn, M.A.

Theology - Adjunct Faculty

John Quinn M.A.
Christopher Rogers, M.A.

Theology - Adjunct Lecturer

Campus Box: #1413

crogers@smumn.edu

Gregory Sobolewski, Ph.D.

Theology - Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM223C

Campus Box: # 79

(507) 457-1767

gsobolew@smumn.edu

Gregory Sobolewski Ph.D.
Kenneth Stenstrup, Ph.D.

Theology-Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM223B

Campus Box: #1440

(507) 457-6625

kstenstr@smumn.edu